Government launches diabetes pilot project nation wide
The government is to extend its pilot project launched last July to type 2 diabetics requiring insulin, which will make them eligible for glucose meters. There are around 40,000 people – 10 per cent of the population – who suffer from diabetes, 6,000 of whom are dependent on insulin. In 2016, entitlement for blood sugar monitoring strips was extended to cover all those with type 1 diabetes. All insulin-requiring diabetics will now be entitled to a new blood sugar monitoring machine and up to four blood sugar monitoring sticks a day.
This week, the plan will start all over Gozo and over the rest of Malta. In the near future, insulin-requiring diabetic patients who are entitled to the blood sugar monitor and sticks will receive an entitlement letter from the Central Procurement and Supplies Unit, as well as an information letter from the Pharmacy of Your Choice. These have to be presented at the pharmacy where the patient is registered.
The plan for next year is to extend it to all those with type 2 diabetes.